St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church
A Patriarchal Parish in the USA
335 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia

We are thinking of you and your family at this time. We ask everyone to join in their home to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted.
 
As we prioritize the health and safety of our parish family and community, following the guidelines of federal, state, county, city and local government authorities as well as Hierarchal directives; with limitations on travel and stay-at-home orders implemented by government authorities in the city of Philadelphia, and in neighboring counties and states, Saint Michael the Archangel will remain closed until at least June 4th.  We will continue to monitor the developing situation and will share updates. 
 
In anticipation, when a time may come, where serving within our church building itself may not be possible, Fr Luka made preparations to serve the Holy Services in a small chapel at his home, continuing prayers and service to God as per the parish schedule.  
  • Prayers in times of Devastating Pestilence 
  • Divine Liturgy (Sunday)
  • Pre Sanctified Liturgy (Wednesday)
  • Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete and Prayer in Times of Devastating Pestilence (Friday)

Prayer read during the Spread of Devastating Pestilence
O Lord our God, enter not into judgement with Thy servants, and compass us about with protection from the devastating pestilence stirred up against us. O kind-hearted Lord Who art inclined toward benevolence, have compassion on us, Thy humble and unworthy servants, who fall down before Thee with broken hearts and hope in Thy mercy. 
For Thine it is to show mercy and to save us, O our God, and unto Thee do we send up glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
 
Here is a link for Molebin during time of devastating epidemic - moleben-epidemic-pestilence.pdf

Remember in your prayers, please, all of the essential workers and their families, in the healthcare and all critical industries.
  • Saints to Call upon for Physicians: St. Panteleimon;  The Holy Unmercenaries, Saints Cosmas & Damian 
  • Saints to Call upon for Hospital Workers:  The Holy Unmercenaries, Saints Cosmas & Damian; St. Dositheus, Disciple of Abba Dorotheus

Weekly bulletins will be shared, to keep us connected. The Gospel and Epistle readings for Sunday are included in it, as well as other helpful information.  Resources will be shared offering you ways to engage in daily readings, and commemorations of Saints; ways to support your spiritual well being as we navigate through this storm. Let us draw strength upon our faith, and our love for one another, to light our way brightly with hope through what seems a dark hour for humanity on this earth. 
 
Streaming of Holy Services:  Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, parish of our Dean Fr. John Vass, 
 
Commemorations of Saints and Daily Readings 
Please do not hesitate to contact Fr Luka, if you are in need of any personal pastoral care, or have any questions or concerns. 

May God bless you and your family, keeping all in His loving care and protection, especially now, and always.
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic - Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England

Fr. Zacharias is a member of The Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of St. John the Baptist, Tolleshunt Knights by Maldon, Essex, England.  We recently shared a letter via email that he sent to Abbot Sergius of St. Tikhon's Monastery in Pennsylvania.  Here is a link to listen:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0_Fmo